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Strategic Plan

2024 Strategic Plan

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Our Mission

To serve as a perpetual partner,     investing in the vitality and advancement of the greater Ottumwa community.

Guiding Values







Our Role

We recognize and embrace the critical role that we can play in the community as a catalyst for positive change.

Strategic Priorities

We will:

  • Support effective economic development strategies that stimulate business recruitment, retention and expansion
  • Identify opportunities to fill employment gaps and increase the number of individuals living and working in Wapello County
  • Collaborate with partners to equip the community with resources to bolster economic success.

We will:

  • Support programming that increases the number of individuals with degrees, diplomas, certifications¬†and licensure
  • Advance efforts that provide exposure to post-secondary pathways and career opportunities in Wapello County
  • Partner with education entities in their pursuits to provide excellent and innovative learning opportunities to all students

We will:

  • Build and enhance perception, pride and image of Ottumwa
  • Leverage City resources to spur economic development and quality of life offerings through riverfront and park activation
  • Promote opportunities for residents to participate in the social, economic and civil life of the community

We will:

  • Support the efforts of partners to rehabilitate deficient housing
  • Partner with various entities to increase the local inventory of quality housing at all levels
  • Through research and collaboration, identify strategies to elevate local home values, strengthen neighborhoods and eliminate barriers for redevelopment and home ownership

Ongoing grant programming in alignment with mission to strengthen local nonprofits and strategically leverage resources for community impact.